HS2 supply chain meet-the-bidders event to be held at NEC

Japanese knotweed experts, soft and hard landscapers and vegetation clearance specialists are invited to meet the companies bidding for the first major contracts to be procured as part of HS2.

Japanese knotweed experts among suppliers needed for HS2. Image: Pixabay
Japanese knotweed experts among suppliers needed for HS2. Image: Pixabay

Seven companies are in the running for three packages of enabling works along the route from London to the Midlands, worth a total £900m.

They are keen to meet with companies with specific capabilities including soft and hard landscaping, environmental services, remediation, bulk excavation, habitat and species relocations, Japanese knotweed and giant hogweed management and devegetation.

The 3 February event will take place immediately before the seven are formally invited to tender for the works. The companies in the running are:

-Balfour Beatty Vinci JV
-Carillion/Eiffage/Kier JV
-Costain Skanska JV
-Laing O’Rourke/Murphy Group JV
-Fusion (Morgan Sindall/BAM/Ferrovial)
-Align JV (Bouygues/VolkerFitzpatrick/Sir Robert McAlpine)
-Momentum Infrastructure (Hochtief/Dragados/Galliford Try).

At the event, potential suppliers will be able to introduce themselves and provide details of the services that they offer, opening the door to potential involvement with the successful bidders when the contracts are awarded later this year.

The event is being organised by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association. The association's chief executive Alasdair Reisner said: "The delivery of HS2 offers opportunities for supply chain companies from across the UK, and will create significant demand on key competencies. We wanted to ensure that those companies with the right abilities had the chance to put themselves in contention to work as a supplier on these substantial contracts."

Companies looking to take part in the event must book their place before 27 January. To express interest in attending, email enquiries@ceca.co.uk with the subject 'HS2' and further details will be sent.

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